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Palin Is Distant Second in GOP Match-Ups with Huckabee, Romney
Rasmussen Reports ^ | October 19, 2009 | Rasmussen Reports

Posted on 10/19/2009 7:48:35 AM PDT by DanZanRyu

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s forthcoming autobiography has been at the top of the Amazon book charts for weeks, and it hasn’t even been released yet. At least in the eyes of the political Left, she is now perhaps America’s most visible national Republican.

But new Rasmussen Reports national telephone surveying finds Palin losing handily in face-to-face march-ups with her two likeliest challengers for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Among likely Republican primary voters, Palin now trails former Arkansas governor-turned-Fox-TV-host Mike Huckabee by 20 points – 55% to 35%.

When her opponent is ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Palin loses by 15 – 52% to 37%.

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

When given a list of five candidates and asked who they would vote for in 2012, 29% of Republican voters nationwide say Huckabee, while 24% prefer Romney and 18% Palin.

In July, it was close to a three-way tie: 25% said Romney, 24% Palin and 22% Huckabee.

It’s noteworthy that Huckabee’s gains since July are matched almost precisely by Palin’s decline. That suggests a large pool of voters are committed to choosing between two candidates routinely dismissed as unacceptable in the eyes of Republicans in Washington, DC. At the moment, 47% prefer either Huckabee or Palin while 42% prefer a candidate more acceptable to Republican political leaders. That divide is also reflected, with similar results, in a Huckabee-Romney head to head match-up.

Twenty-one percent (21%) of primary voters also say Palin is the GOP candidate they would least like to see win the party’s presidential nomination. Just nine percent (9%) say the same of Romney, and eight percent (8%) feel that way about Huckabee.

Support for Huckabee and Romney against Palin is nearly the same among both men and women. Suggesting that Romney’s Mormon faith may still be a problem among some Christian conservatives, Palin leads him by 14 points – 52% to 38% - among GOP primary voters who describe themselves as Evangelical Christians. But Romney beats Palin by 26 points among other Protestants – 58% to 32% - and holds similar winning margins among Catholic voters and those of other faiths.

On the other hand, Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, beats Palin by 17 points among Evangelical Christians and 29 points among other Protestants. A similar spread is evident among Republican voters of other faiths, but Huckabee has just an eight-point edge over Palin among Catholic voters.

Earlier polling showed that Palin trails Hillary Clinton in a general election match-up.

In early July, 40% of Republican voters nationwide said Palin’s decision to resign as governor of Alaska hurt her chances of winning the party’s presidential nomination in 2012.


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1 posted on 10/19/2009 7:48:36 AM PDT by DanZanRyu
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To: DanZanRyu; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; Diogenesis; ejonesie22

Romney is disgusting.


2 posted on 10/19/2009 7:49:18 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 (http://restoretheconstitution.ning.com/)
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To: rabscuttle385

Huck... Romney ... Anyone wanna go FISHING with me?


3 posted on 10/19/2009 7:50:47 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (I will DIE with Israel BY MY SIDE, rather than LIVE with the CHAINS of ISLAM on my Back!)
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To: DanZanRyu

reckon I’ll have to bite the bullet and pull the lever for the Romulan then...cannot tolerate the squirrel fryer.


4 posted on 10/19/2009 7:50:51 AM PDT by meandog (GWB IS the reason for BHO!)
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To: DanZanRyu
Support for Huckabee and Romney against Palin is nearly the same among both men and women. Suggesting that Romney’s Mormon faith may still be a problem among some Christian conservatives, Palin leads him by 14 points – 52% to 38% - among GOP primary voters who describe themselves as Evangelical Christians.

What crap. What is suggest is Evangelical Christians vote for someone who shares their values.

5 posted on 10/19/2009 7:51:43 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: DanZanRyu

Romney is a fake conservative & fake Christian.

Palin is a failed conservative & failed Christian.

Huckabee is an accomplished conservative & stellar Christian.


6 posted on 10/19/2009 7:51:44 AM PDT by DanZanRyu
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To: DanZanRyu

What an effort to derail The Palin Express!!!


7 posted on 10/19/2009 7:51:55 AM PDT by GregB (Come on one and all hop on the Palin Express!!)
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To: DanZanRyu

Rasmussen is disgusting.


8 posted on 10/19/2009 7:52:08 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: gwilhelm56

Only if it’s fishing...with political dynamite.


9 posted on 10/19/2009 7:52:12 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 (http://restoretheconstitution.ning.com/)
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To: DanZanRyu

Prove Palin is all that you say???


10 posted on 10/19/2009 7:52:57 AM PDT by GregB (Come on one and all hop on the Palin Express!!)
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To: DanZanRyu

If this is how it shakes out, we’re doomed.


11 posted on 10/19/2009 7:53:46 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Bullsh*t)
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To: DanZanRyu

Romney and Huck are what is wrong with the party.


12 posted on 10/19/2009 7:53:50 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: DanZanRyu

I hope the following run for the Repub nomination in 2012:

Mike Pence
Eric Cantor
Paul Ryan
John Thune
Mike Huckabee
Mitt Romney
Mitch Daniels
John Hoeven (my favorite dark horse)
Haley Barbour
Tim Pawlenty
Bobb Jindal (#1 on all the above’s VP list)


13 posted on 10/19/2009 7:54:43 AM PDT by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and stop Obamacare and GE)
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To: rabscuttle385

Remember how Rudy’s large lead disappeared at the primary season began. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.


14 posted on 10/19/2009 7:55:19 AM PDT by sono (We already pay farmers not to farm. Why can’t we pay legislators not to legislate?)
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To: DanZanRyu

“40% of Republican” voters nationwide said Palin’s decision to resign as governor of Alaska hurt her chances of winning the party’s presidential nomination in 2012. ...................................Had to be RINOs!! Most if not all my Republican friends love her. I don’t buy into this at all. Huckleberry or Romney = no change, just the same ole same ole BS in DC.


15 posted on 10/19/2009 7:55:50 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (DON'T BLAME ME I VOTED FOR "PALIN"!)
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To: DanZanRyu

If those polls are true then the republicans have been brain washed by the democrats.. pity..


16 posted on 10/19/2009 7:55:55 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: DanZanRyu

Romney is NOT a Republican.


17 posted on 10/19/2009 7:56:01 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: DanZanRyu

I don’t believe Palin will run as a Republican


18 posted on 10/19/2009 7:56:14 AM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (The only time I want a Republican reaching across the aisle is to smack a liberal.)
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To: meandog

...cannot tolerate the squirrel fryer.

Hell no , you ever tried to eat fried squirrel?
Now stewed, that’s another story.

Quite frankly, every time I see that picture of
the Huck family , I’m reminded of the people that
lived underground in the movie, “A boy and his dog.”.


19 posted on 10/19/2009 7:56:19 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DanZanRyu

“Among likely Republican primary voters, Palin now trails former Arkansas governor-turned-Fox-TV-host Mike Huckabee by 20 points – 55% to 35%.”

Huckafraud will NOT be the nominee. If he is, I WILL vote for him but he won’t be. Okay? Please God? Not him?


20 posted on 10/19/2009 7:57:10 AM PDT by Grunthor (Thank YOU George Bush, for giving us the GOP of today!)
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To: DanZanRyu

None of the above. I think one of the governors would be a better choice: Daniels, Jindhal or Barbour.


21 posted on 10/19/2009 7:57:21 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: WorkerbeeCitizen

I like what you say..


22 posted on 10/19/2009 7:57:29 AM PDT by GregB (Come on one and all hop on the Palin Express!!)
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To: DanZanRyu
Palin is a failed conservative & failed Christian.
Huckabee is an accomplished conservative & stellar Christian.

Since you hold Palin responsible for her daughter's pregnancy, I'm sure you also hold Huckabee responsible for his son torturing and hanging a dog at summer camp. Is that what you consider stellar Christianity?

23 posted on 10/19/2009 7:58:06 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: DanZanRyu

And you are a troll pumping up an unelectable joke of a candidate.


24 posted on 10/19/2009 7:58:19 AM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Always Right

“What crap. What is suggest is Evangelical Christians vote for someone who shares their values.”

Are you suggesting that we do not?


25 posted on 10/19/2009 7:58:43 AM PDT by Grunthor (Thank YOU George Bush, for giving us the GOP of today!)
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To: GregB

If she’s not running as a repub, this poll is useless.


26 posted on 10/19/2009 7:58:46 AM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (The only time I want a Republican reaching across the aisle is to smack a liberal.)
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To: DanZanRyu

“Palin is a failed conservative & failed Christian.”

How so?


27 posted on 10/19/2009 7:59:22 AM PDT by Grunthor (Thank YOU George Bush, for giving us the GOP of today!)
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To: DanZanRyu
Telephone survey ~ this technology is quickly becoming too antiquated to throw up truly meaningful poll results.

We need something much better.

28 posted on 10/19/2009 7:59:35 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: DanZanRyu

Huckabee? The man that has never meet an illegal alien he doesn’t want to give our tax dollars to?


29 posted on 10/19/2009 7:59:52 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: moose2004

Is Bobby NBC?


30 posted on 10/19/2009 8:00:06 AM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: HamiltonJay
This poll is irrelevant. It is highly suspected that McRomney and McHuckleberry are going to be candidates in 2012. It appears they are running. Palin on the other hand is currently NOT running. We don't even know IF she will run. That is why she polls lower than the MC’s. I say she polls well for someone who “isn't even running” (yet?).
No one knows her plans. Time will tell.
31 posted on 10/19/2009 8:00:32 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: DanZanRyu

Pushing Huckster again - the pro-life socialist/liberal.


32 posted on 10/19/2009 8:01:14 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: dead

Hmmmm ~ another NFL fan heard of ~ keeping up on those dog killers eh?


33 posted on 10/19/2009 8:01:33 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

I have no idea what your post is trying to say.


34 posted on 10/19/2009 8:03:13 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: DanZanRyu
Huck couldn't win an election for dog catcher, and Romney is to burdened with health care.

It has to be Palin or someone new we haven't seen yet to beat the zero.

35 posted on 10/19/2009 8:03:15 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: rabscuttle385

To historically follow the GOP’s choice for candidate... the next GOP candidate will be either... Lilly Grahamnesty or Olympia Snow!


36 posted on 10/19/2009 8:04:01 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (I will DIE with Israel BY MY SIDE, rather than LIVE with the CHAINS of ISLAM on my Back!)
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To: DanZanRyu

If the Republicans insist on running these old, white men again, they are doomed. We need new fresh blood. The electorate said that we didn’t want them last time. All they are is a little bit older, but not much wiser.

Palin is a fresh new face.


37 posted on 10/19/2009 8:04:01 AM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine
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To: DanZanRyu
Huckabee is an accomplished conservative & stellar Christian.

Huckabee is a dirty, filthy politician whose underhanded tactics in the 2008 West Virginia caucus erased all hope of Romney winning and gave us the hapless John McCain. Not that I was a fan of Romney (I'm still not), but he would have given us a fighting chance. The great Christian Huckabee played dirty and screwed us all.


38 posted on 10/19/2009 8:04:42 AM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: Always Right
Why are we letting the press and the liberals divide Christians further by creating a fake new category of Christians called evangelicals?
39 posted on 10/19/2009 8:04:58 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: DanZanRyu

So the GOP establishment wants to give us a choice between Juan McCain Jr. (Huckabee) and George Bush without the enthusiasm for illegal aliens (Romney)? I’ll stick with Sarah Palin, thank you.


40 posted on 10/19/2009 8:05:15 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: reagan_fanatic
Romney & Huckabee would love for everyone to feel that way,but I for one ain't bitin'.
It's Sarah or nothing for me,and I strongly suspect i'm not the only one.
I'm sick and tired of seeing the conservative base being pushed and swayed and cajoled into just voting for "the lesser of",just because so-and-so says so.
Fish or cut bait,dammit.....that's how I feel.
Sarah can win-and WILL win-if true conservatives hang tough and hang together.
There has to be-HAS to be-a strong,unified group standing behind one candidate-one who has proven herself and put herself out there for everyone to see,who speaks the truth and espouses the very values that are the core of the conservative movement. She's got guts,she's concise in spelling out her plans and there's no double-talk with her.
We wanted another Ronnie and we have one in her.Enough of this Romney-this and Huckabee-that. Put them up against her and they wither!!!!
41 posted on 10/19/2009 8:05:39 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (And the people cry "Sarah!Sarah!" And she hears....yes,she hears......)
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To: DanZanRyu
-"Top Aides Leave McCain Camp"
-"Senator Retools Campaign Team as Money and Support Fall Off"
-"In Iowa and New Hampshire, McCain has been overtaken in the polls by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney."

JULY 17,2007

42 posted on 10/19/2009 8:05:44 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: DanZanRyu
Palin is a “failed” conservative? how so?

And how the HECK is she a FAILED Christian????

43 posted on 10/19/2009 8:06:04 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: dead
Since you hold Palin responsible for her daughter's pregnancy, I'm sure you also hold Huckabee responsible for his son torturing and hanging a dog at summer camp. Is that what you consider stellar Christianity?

Ouch!

44 posted on 10/19/2009 8:06:21 AM PDT by Mojave (Don't blame me. I voted for McClintock.)
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To: faucetman

Well, Romney or Huckabee, would be basically the Republicans doing their best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in 2012.

I’d love to say Fauxbama will be so umpopular R’s could run a doughnut hole and win, but these guys are both disasters, R party really needs something better than them.

Romney gave us FauxbamaCare part I and Gay marriage, then tries to play like he’s Reagan’s heir, its insulting and rediculous. And don’t even get me started on Huck.

America needs better than these two.


45 posted on 10/19/2009 8:06:59 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: DanZanRyu

The Huckster was espousing just the other day on his tv show about Obama’s poll ratings and how they didn’t mean a thing when it comes to the actual election. He cited the fact that the election wasn’t today and when it would be held there would be tons of money used to sway and shore up the voters.

That same analogy use by the Huckster can be used in this worthless poll citing the Huckster/Rommey as the winners today. The election isn’t today and the money hasn’t been used to sway/shore up the vote.


46 posted on 10/19/2009 8:07:30 AM PDT by deport
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To: Vigilanteman
Amen. I'm tired of the establishment giving us our candidates. The GOP elites didn't like Reagan either, remember?


47 posted on 10/19/2009 8:07:32 AM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: GregB

Palin quit her 1st term as Governor. Huckabee served 10 years as Governor.

Palin’s daughter sinned. Also Palin failed to win Levi’s soul for Christ. OTOH, Huckabee, as pastor, saved several souls for Christ.

Huckabee is fit to be the Christian President of America.


48 posted on 10/19/2009 8:07:51 AM PDT by DanZanRyu
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To: Cinnamontea

Who was the dem frontrunner in 2005? Where was Obama in 2005? Where was Hillary?


49 posted on 10/19/2009 8:08:37 AM PDT by carmody
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To: faucetman
It is highly suspected that McRomney and McHuckleberry are going to be candidates in 2012.

And Hillary was supposed to be on her way to her coronation in 2008, but who is in the WH?

Many things could happen and numerous new names could arise before 2012 election cycle even begins.
50 posted on 10/19/2009 8:08:47 AM PDT by TomGuy
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